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  • Get to know underrated R&B group Aurra

    Get to know underrated R&B group Aurra

    In the latter half of the ‘70s, the funk group Slave was of the top bands in the business, and in 1979, that band’s co-founder, Steve “the Fearless Leader” Washington, wanted to create an offshoot that would parallel the band’s success. That group would become known as Aurra, and during the early...
  • Get to know Post-Punk legends Public Image Ltd

    Get to know Post-Punk legends Public Image Ltd

    Public Image Ltd (PiL) came on at a time when punk rock was exploding onto the scene in the late ‘70s. Back then, the genre provided an outlet for those who were frustrated with mainstream music - specifically disco – and PiL was one of those groups who answered the bell. In truth, their sound...
  • Get to know West Coast Rap pioneers N.W.A.

    Get to know West Coast Rap pioneers N.W.A.

    Straight Outta Compton has achieved massive success ever since the film hit theaters on Aug. 14, and it is a sterling film about one of the most influential rap groups in the genre’s history – N****z Wit Attitude, better known as N.W.A. N.W.A. is very important to the history of rap. They were the...
  • Get to know Slave, the funkiest band around

    Get to know Slave, the funkiest band around

    When funk was beginning to assert itself in the R&B world in the ‘70s, the state of Ohio became ground zero for a number of legendary funk bands. One of the best to hail from the Buckeye State was Slave, who from 1975 until 1982 was one of the strongest funk bands around. Slave was created in...
  • Get to know the obscure B. B. & Q Band

    Get to know the obscure B. B. & Q Band

    Funk has produced some legendary bands over the years, but the sound has also been home to numerous bands that have had their 15 minutes of fame, but couldn’t keep it up and slid into obscurity. One of the classic examples of a band that couldn’t quite reach their potential was the B. B. & Q...
  • Get to know R&B legends Atlantic Starr

    Get to know R&B legends Atlantic Starr

    Back in the ‘80s, groups were all the rage in the R&B world. From Cameo to Zapp, if you couldn’t find a great band to listen to in the era of Ronald Reagan and the Cold War then you weren't trying hard enough. One of the best bands from the decade was Atlantic Starr, a group who had the best of...
  • Get to know Reggaeton kings Alexis y Fido

    Get to know Reggaeton kings Alexis y Fido

    Although reggaeton wasn’t born on the island, Puerto Rico has become the epicenter for the sound, producing such great acts as Wisin & Yandel, Daddy Yankee, and Alexis & Fido, the latter of which has risen to become one of the kings of the genre. The duo was formed by Raul Alexis Ortiz...
  • Get to know Loose Ends

    Get to know Loose Ends

    In the early ‘80s, Great Britain was importing a vast amount of R&B talent to America, and one of the most well-known groups to hitch a ride to the American charts was Loose Ends. Loose Ends was formed in London in 1980, and the group is made up of Carl Mcintosh (vocals, guitar), Jane Eugene...
  • Get to know the Dazz Band

    Get to know the Dazz Band

    Back in the day, Ohio was the capital of funk music, and one of the most underrated bands to come out of the Buckeye State was the Dazz Band. The Dazz Band was founded by Bobby Harris in Cleveland, Ohio as “Kinsman Dazz,” named after the famous Kinsman Grill. Joining Harris (saxophonist, vocalist...
  • Romeo Santos is arguably 'The King of Bachata'

    Romeo Santos is arguably 'The King of Bachata'

    He is arguably the “King of Bachata” music, and this man can do it all. He can sing, he can produce, and he can even act. His name is Romeo Santos, and over the 20 years he have been on the scene, he has become a force to be reckoned within the Latin music world. Santos was born on July 21, 1981, in...
  • You better work to know RuPaul

    You better work to know RuPaul

    It’s hard to fathom, but RuPaul will be celebrating his 55th birthday on Nov. 17. It’s hard to wrap your head around that because he still looks incredibly stunning as he did in his early years, and 22 years after he unleashed his alter ego onto the world, he is has become a pop culture icon, and is...
  • Meet Hypnotize Minds alum Lil Wyte

    Meet Hypnotize Minds alum Lil Wyte

    The Three Six Mafia empire has given other Memphis-based rappers a chance to shine in the spotlight. Some have taken advantage of the opportunity, others have not. Hypnotize Minds alum Lil Wyte is in the former category. Before he was known as “Lil Wyte,” he was Patrick Lanshaw, who was born on Oct...
  • Performer profile: Tiga

    Performer profile: Tiga

    Contrary to popular belief, Canada’s contributions to music did not begin with the arrival of Justin Bieber. Before the young pop sensation came out of nowhere, Canada was a hotbed for the electronic music scene, and the country has supplied the genre with some of its greatest DJs, including Tiga...
  • Performer profile: Far East Movement

    Performer profile: Far East Movement

    When the Far East Movement made their debut in 2006, they’d always envisioned that they would make it big, but nobody knew just how big the Asian-American hip-hop group would become. Far East Movement have their origins in Downtown Los Angeles, when Kevin Nishimura (Kev Nish), James Roh (Prohgress...
  • Get to know the fastest rapper in the world, Twista

    Get to know the fastest rapper in the world, Twista

    Pop quiz: Who holds the world record according to Guinness for being the fastest rapper in the world? The answer to that question is Twista, who was able to get an astounding 598 syllables in just under 55 seconds. His fast rapping skills were not limited to just the record books. He used his unique...
  • Scuzz Twittly: Musical genius?

    Scuzz Twittly: Musical genius?

    You could say that genius is a word that's overused, and you may have a point. After all, the term has been used to describe people like Stephen Hawking as well as NFL offensive coordinators. Maybe that doesn't cheapen the word necessarily. Maybe it points out that genius takes many forms. Take...
  • Tom Waits: 5 reasons we love him

    Tom Waits: 5 reasons we love him

    Tom Waits is one of the music industry's most unique artists. He has found a huge cult like following over the last 40 years because of his unique songs, style, and all around coolness. Although having a past filled with alcohol and some of the more shady sides of life, he has been clean for decades...
  • Artist profile: Esperanza Spalding

    Artist profile: Esperanza Spalding

    While the word esperanza means hope, the Grammy-award winning artist who bears the name embodies so much more. Multi-award winner, singer, songwriter, bassist, educator and philanthropist, Esperanza Spalding has provided jazz with more than hope. For jazz, her Best New Artist Grammy win at the 53rd...
  • Eddie Edwards and The Psychedelic Spurs play catchy country songs

    Eddie Edwards and The Psychedelic Spurs play catchy country songs

    Some artists have a way of reaching you immediately. Such is the case when you listen to Eddie Edwards and The Psychedelic Spurs on ReverbNation. The first song listed on his page is called "B Plus Man". In it, Edwards sings that he's better than most but not as good as some, and while he wasn't...
  • Asher Monroe reinvents himself with solo career

    Asher Monroe reinvents himself with solo career

    For Virginia-native Asher Monroe — formerly known as Asher Monroe Book — the spotlight hasn't been something he's been required to adjust to, as it's continuously played a prominent role in his life. Whether it's been Monroe's stints on the Broadway at the mere age of seven years old; his role as...
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